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  • 12/22/14--17:48: Attacking 3-1-4-2
  • Starting a new game with the real players of FC JUVENTUS (plus BORRIELLO from AS Roma), I created a tactic based on 3-5-2 created by Antonio Conte, but without the WB, replaced with wide MD.

    Using 2 central MD is different, because the left-one (in this case MARCHISIO) attacking and the right-one (VIDAL) supporting.

    All the instructions you can see in the images below.

    Comments are appreciated.

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    Alternative sidebar icons and background selector

    Instant results

    Installation instructions

    Download the skin and extract the file (using either winrar, or 7-Zip for Windows or The Unarchiver for Mac).

    Place the "base_dark2015_bg_instant_icons " folder into your skins folder:

    \Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2015\skins

    Create the folder "skins" if it doesn't exist.

    In the game go to "Preferences" screen
    You should see "base_dark2015_bg_instant_icons" as option in the skin drop down of the Overview menu. Click it
    Then Confirm button.

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    What Chelsea will give you is an opportunity to take what is an already established Club to one of the best this century has seen. Since Russian millionaire Roman Ambromovich has taken over the club he has provided money to take the club from strength to strength. Since his takeover the Blues have become a force across Europe, winning almost everything there is to win. Chelsea have failed to win the Premier League since 2010 with both Manchester sides reaping the glory. Many expect Chelsea to be one of the front runners for the league this year, with the additions of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas you will be favourites for sure. However the board and fans will always cast an eye to another possible Champions League triumph.

    Finances & Budget

    It is well documented that Chelsea are a club that is a club were you will never be far from the money. Despite all the new faces joining Chelsea over the summer which included, Costa, Fabgregas, Flippe Luis you will be presented with a very healthy £50 million transfer budget and £2.79m wage budget when aiming for the Champions League. To prepare your side for a tittle challenge you will be handed an increase transfer budget of £67 million and a wage budget of £3.21 million. However if you are confident in your abilities and guarantee the tittle you will have £78 million to play with alongside a £3.37 million in wages.

    Strongest Tactics

    4-1-2-3 DM

    This tactic would be the go to formation for me. This formation offers you protection and the ability to play through your midfield. The three in the deeper midfield roles you will have a defensive midfielder, perfect for Nemanja Matic. He will be there to mop up any mess and allow Fabregas and Oscar to play from a deeper role.

    Having Oscar start a little deeper it allows him to get involved with his defensive duties but also push forward when attacking. This will help you get the best out of your two central midfielders and create more chances for your attacking players. This formation offers a lot of space for movement on and off the ball, something that has been key for Chelsea. Chelsea’s attacking options are more than confident on the left, right and through the middle. The movement between your attacking players will be key to your team scoring goals and creating chances.

    4-2-3-1 Wide

    This formation is very similar to the previous formation, however the emphasis on this tactic is your attacking player maker starting further forward. Ultimately this means they will get more involved in the final third. You may find this results to players like Oscar scoring more goals than to the previous tactic. However it adds more defensive responsibility for your holding midfield players.


    This is a formation that you hopefully won’t need, but has been used by Chelsea in the latter stages of games when they are chasing a result. This is a much more direct style of play with the emphasis on pumping the ball forward towards the two strikers. You stick with the two wingers but sacrifice your attacking midfielder. This is something you can consider if you are ever loosing late on in the game.

    First 11 Positional Analysis

    The goalkeeping position is where you will earn your money as a manager. Something that can only be described as ‘Selection issues’. At your disposal you have two world class goal keepers, firstly in club legend Petr Cech. The Czech Republic keeper is a fan favourite and has been first choice for Chelsea since his move to Stamford Bridge in 2004, the possibility of Cech being left on the side line may upset him and the fans. However you do Belguim’s Thibaut Courtious, at the age of 22, Courtious have become one of the worlds best during his time on loan away from Chelsea. Courtious is your best bet if you’re looking towards the future. As well as these you have you a third choice in Australian keeper Mark Schwarzer. Could be used as a rotation option in cups, however could be used as tutor.

    Right Backs:
    Chelsea will be able to offer you two really strong right backs. With Branislav Ivanovic you have a very strong defender that will be a threat in the opposition box aswell. The Serbian will be no stranger to getting forward but his final ball could let you down. On the other hand you have Cesar Azpilcueta, or has Chelsea fans know him ‘Dave’. The Spanish defender has improved immensely since he joined Chelsea in 2012. He is likely to be your first choice due to his tireless work rate and his great defending attributes. He also is no stranger to the opposition box, he’s great crossing ability will come in handy.

    Central Defenders:
    This is a position that you may have to keep an eye. Firstly you have club captain John Terry. Many wondered whether Terry would be able to maintain his ability at this age. However Terry has improved with age and should still be a big part of your plans. Alongside him you have Gary Cahill. Between the two of them they can form a brilliant partnership. Despite being 28, playing alongside Terry will be very helpful for Gary Cahill. Besides the English pair you only have 19 year old, Kurt Zouma. The French defender will be a good option for rotation for you. The strong centre back has time on his hands in order to develop, but you may want to consider purchasing another central defender so you are prepared for the day that John Terry hangs up his boots.

    Left Backs:
    The left back features another new arrival, Fillipe Luis is a strong contender for your first choice. The Brazilian featured for Athletico Madrid last season, winning La Liga and winning the league for Madrid. Similarly to Azpilcueta, Luis is a tireless defender that could also be an asset for you going forward. Along with Luis you only have Azpilcueta who is also competent as a left back. An extra left back could be something to consider as you do not want to be relying on Azpilcueta to play both position, it would add strength in depth for your side.

    Right Midfielders/Wingers:
    On the right hand side you possess a lot of pace, as you do across a lot of the pitch in all honesty. Willian will be a very important player, he has a lot to offer going forward and in a defensive aspect too. The versatile winger can player anywhere across the midfielder, due to his outstanding work rate he is no stranger to his defensive duties. Behind Willian you have Mohamed Salah. Salah currently only a rotation option, I don’t believe he will be able to develop into a starter for you. You could look for a possible loan move for him to aid his development. Oscar is able to play on the
    right, however he will not be anywhere near as effective.

    Central Midfielders:
    This is the area that really makes Chelsea click. You have a great balance in the midfield with defensive and attacking options. Defensively, Nemanja Matic will provide great cover. He will add a massive physical presence to your midfield and clean up most of the mess, he can pick a pass to. Behind Matic, you will have John Obi Mikel. Mikel is not going to set your time a light, he will give some defensive stability and do a job for you when needed. Mikel is currently valued at £14.25 million so many would look to cash in on him.

    To partner either Matic or Mikel you have various options, another new summer signing in Cesc Fabgregas. Fabregas can take your team to the next level, he will be able to create chances at will. He will do his defensive duties, but partnered with Matic he has more freedom to dictate play. To give you another dimension you can play Brazilian midfielder Ramires. A very quick central midfielder that will only increase the work rate of your midfield. He is by no means the most technical midfielder but will have no problem getting from box to box.

    Aswell as these senior players you will two very exciting English prospects in Lewis Baker and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah who is currently on loan at Burnley for the season but can be an important player for you in the future.

    Left Midfielders/Wingers:
    On the left hand side you will have one of the best young talent’s in the world, Belgium’s Eden Hazard. The tricky winger is soon becoming one of the best around and he will give your side quality in the final third. His outstanding pace and dribbling will make him a nightmare for defenders, should be one of the first names on your team sheet. Behind the Belgium you have Andre Schurrle, on the back of winning the World Cup he will been eager to put his stamp on the Chelsea side. Like many in this side he has a great work rate and can finish too. With Hazard being so influential for your team, game time may be limited for Schurrle, something you may have to deal with further down the line.

    Attacking Midfielders:
    In a central attacking position Chelsea have multiple options, with the wingers such as Hazard and William but competent in playing the central role as well. Oscar is likely to be your choice, the Brazilian play maker has quickly developed in a very important player for Chelsea over recent years. He is a real team player and will be able to defend as well as attack. The depth of this position really depends on your play style, Fabregas can play further forward but you can also slot in Jermaine Boga, a very exciting prospect from the Under 21 side. Boga is an attacking player full of tricks, at the age of just 17 he has time on his side.

    Fans and pundits alike have said over recent years Chelsea strikers have not done enough in the goal fronts. This year however you will have a very dangerous strike force. Diego Costa will give you what Jose Mourhino described as that ‘killer instinct’, he may not score 30 yard wonder goals for you, but he will score goals never the less. His physical presence will make him a handful, just ensure he doesn’t clock up too many yellow cards.

    The strength in depth shows as Chelsea brought back club legend Didier Drogba. He can be very useful for you, as a player and as a tutor. A great example for some of your younger players. A won’t add any pace to the side, but if you ever need to go slightly more direct Drogba is the man for that. Just to add another dimension to your side, you also have Loic Remy at your disposal, the pacey French striker will be able to get in behind defences.


    It’s hard to find any fault in what is a very strong and balanced side. However there are more a couple of players that some would call ‘fringe’. Players such as Mikel or Salah you may look to move on quite quickly in order to buy stronger players, consequently adding strength in depth.

    On the flip side to this, with a lot of quality that runs deep in the squad the chances of having one or two unhappy players is quite high. Rotation is going to be key to keeping everyone happy. If you do manage to keep everyone happy, you will have a very strong team on your hands.


    To conclude this guide, you can see that Chelsea will provide you with a great challenge. A chance regain the tittle of being the best team in England. From this maybe, Champions of Europe once again. As I previously mentioned, the Champions League trophy has always been high on the radar of the owner Roman Abromovich.

    It also depends on how you wish to take this Chelsea side, whether you want to exploit their riches and become the galatico’s of England if you will. If that is the case there are some positions that will need some attention, even if that is just for cover.

    You may choose that you don’t need to spend big, with state of the art training facilities and top youth facilities you may look to include some of the youth team players. A number of the Under 21 squad members will relish the chance in the first team, even as cover in needed positions.

    I hope this guide helps you with your managerial careers with the Blue’s, please let us know how this has helped you or if you would do anything different. Very much looking forward to hopefully reading some Chelsea stories in the future.

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    Dutch Football Pyramid CREATED BY "THESACRISANT" aka abu* (STEAM_0:0:19197710)

    What's included:

    • Completed all Dutch clubs names. Altered all the Dutch club's kits.
    • Also added new amateur teams to get enough clubs for all divisions.
    • Jong Ajax, Twente, Almere City, PSV and Feyenoord AV have been removed from the 1 teams divisions.
    • I did not create misssing cities for clubs when no city could be linked to a club !

    Dutch Football Pyramid :

    1.0 | 1st Teams :

    1.1 | 1st teams Divisions : ( Tier 1->9 = 9 1st teams divisions with promotion and relegation,all direclty )

    D1 | Ere Divisie Promotion 0 clubs / Relegation 3 clubs directly
    D2 | Jupiler League Promotion 3 clubs ( 2 directly, 4 playoff for last spot ) / Relegation 4 clubs directly
    D3 | Landelijke Divisie A + B Promotion 6 clubs ( 4 directly, 8 playoff for last 2 spots / Relegation 8 clubs directly
    D4 | Topklasse A + B Promotion 6 clubs ( 4 directly, 8 playoff for last 2 spots / Relegation 8 clubs directly
    D5 | Hoofdklasse A+B+C+D Promotion 8 clubs ( 4 directly,16 playoff for last 4 spots / Relegation 12 clubs directly
    D6 | Eerste Klasse A+B+C+D Promotion 12 clubs ( 8 directly,16 playoff for last 4 spots / Relegation 12 clubs directly
    D7 | Tweede Klasse A+B+C+D Promotion 12 clubs ( 8 directly,16 playoff for last 4 spots / Relegation 12 clubs directly
    D8 | Derde Klasse A+B+C+D Promotion 12 clubs ( 8 directly,16 playoff for last 4 spots / Relegation 12 clubs directly
    D9 | Vierde Klasse A+B+C+D Promotion 12 clubs ( 8 directly,16 playoff for last 4 spots / Relegation 0 clubs

    D1 | ED
    D2 | JL
    D3 | LDA || LAB
    D4 | TPA || TPB
    D5 | HKA | HKB || HKC | HKD
    D6 | 1KA | 1KB || 1KC | 1KD
    D7 | 2KA | 2KB || 2KC | 2KD
    D8 | 3KA | 3KB || 3KC | 3KD
    D9 | 4KA | 4KB || 4KC | 4KD

    1.2 Cups and Super Cups :
    • National cup
    • National super Cup
    • A league cup for all nine divisions

    2.0 | Reserve Teams :

    2.1 | Reserve Divisions : ( Tier 1->9 = 9 reserve divisions with promotion and relegation,all directly )

    NOTE : FM does not add club logo's when reserve teams are added to a own created division.

    Same structure as 1st teams.

    2.2 Cups and Super Cups :
    • National reserves Cup
    • National reserves super cup
    • A league cup for all nine reserve divisions

    NOTE : This separate U19 football pyramid does not prohibit U19 teams to compete for the U19 UEFA Champions league if a 1st teams qualifies for the UEFA Champions League.

    3.0 | U19 Teams :

    3.1 | U19 Divisions : ( Tier 1->9 = 9 U19 divisions with promotion and relegation,all directly )

    Same structure as 1st teams.

    3.2 Cups and Super Cups :
    • National U19 Cup
    • National u19 super cup
    • A league cup for all nine U19 divisions

    Installation Instructions:

    Extract the downloaded file with unrar of 7-Zip for Windows or The Unarchiver for Mac here.

    \Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2015\editor data\

    Start a new career game by choosing 1 or both FMF files.

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  • 12/23/14--13:45: FM Editor Live 2015
  • FM Editor Live 2015 is a simple real time editor for Football Manager 2015 that allows you to edit data of your loaded FM15 save-game on the fly. FMEL is the only real-time editor that works with the FMC mode.
    The only FREE real-time editor for FM15.

    FMEL is exclusively available from

    Redistribution Policy:

    People who want to put FM Editor Live 2015 on other sites, you may link back to this very page but you cannot host any files yourselves. Thank you!

    This tool is released for FREE, as we feel you shouldn't be forced to pay for 3rd party tools of a game.

    Released: 23 December 2014 - v3.0


    .NET FRAMEWORK 4.0 (standalone offline installer) or higher
    To find out if you have .NET Framework 4.0 installed, you can use Framework Detector (free tool).

    Patch 15.2.1 or Patch 15.2.0 (International)
    To use this version of FMEL, you must have your game updated with 15.2.1 or 15.2.0.

    Microsoft Windows
    Compatible with Windows XP (SP3), Vista, 7, 8.
    If you're looking for a similar tool for Mac, please check out MacAssistant RT for FM15 (another exclusive tool we release).


    FMEL allows you to search for the club, person or stadium of your choice and edit:

    • Reputation
    • Chairman Status
    • Training Facilities
    • Youth Facilities
    • Junior Coaching
    • Youth Recruitment Network
    • Transfer Budgets (Season and Remaining)
    • Wage Budget
    • Maximum Wage
    • Overall Balance
    • Kit Colors (icon, shorts, socks, text, shirt)
    • Heal Team * / Destroy Team * / Inspire (happiness)

    • Heal * / Destroy * (condition, jadedness)
    • Birthday
    • Nationality
    • Height / Weight
    • Foot
    • CA / PA
    • Fitness / Match Fitness / Jadedness / Condition / Happiness
    • Reputation (Current, Home, World)
    • Positions
    • Contracts (wage and end date)
    • Relations
    • Attributes (view only)

    • Name
    • Capacity
    • Seating Capacity
    • Expansion Capacity
    • Build Date
    • Pitch Condition

    * Heal not only heals injuries but also changes the player's condition to 100% and clears his jadedness. Destroy is the exact opposite.

    FMEL is a simple editor that allows you to quickly adjust information of clubs, persons and stadiums. It should be safe to use it, but at any case make sure to keep a backup of your savegame before using.

    How to use

    1. Extract the downloaded in a folder of your choice.

    2. Run Football Manager 2015, and load your save game (or start a new one).

    3. Run FMEditorLive.exe (ALT+TAB to desktop first if you're running FM full screen).

    4. Click the "Load Game" button.

    5. Enter club's name in the Search input box and hit Enter.

    6. Double-click on the club's row. Edit what you wish in the 4 tabs available (Information, Finances, Kits, Teams) and click Save.

    Double-click on the person's row. Edit what you like and click Save.

    Double-click on the stadium's row. Edit what you like and click Save.

    Known Issues

    • If you close FM15 before FMEL15, the app will crash and trigger error popups. To avoid this, please close FMEL15 before closing FM15. Otherwise, you'll have to terminate the FMEL process using Windows Task Manager.
    • In Classic mode (FMC), if the player is under 19 they have no stored weight but they get one as soon as they turn 19.


    This tool is an and association.

    FMEL is created by Stelios.

    Coding contributors:

    • Thanos (creator of MacAssistant RT) who ported FMEL to work with FM14 and helped with information and research over the years.
    • Jay (creator of iScout FMH, Save Editor and Pre Game Editor for FMH) who has been a major help since the last version of FMEL 2013.

    Many thanks to: Eugene (Information & Research), Panos (super-tester), Ariel (super-tester), Stam (super-tester), Messy (Russian version tester) and Ronald (tester)!

    Logo by Stam.


    - Initial release, support for 15.2.0 and 15.2.1
    - Updated UI
    - Added Inspire Team
    - Added Club Start Embargo Date
    - Added Club End Embargo Date
    - Fixed Pitch Position Functionality

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    The Football Manager Whizzkids are back with a brand new database for the recently released, Football Manager 2015.

    We are bringing you all the latest player transfers worldwide, manager/staff changes, re-named competitions, club info changes, added 'Wonderkids' plus much more.

    Download and enjoy the best and most up-to-date transfer database in the Football Manager Community which currently has over 7500+ changes...

    Our Facebook page - Our Twitter

    Step 1

    • Copy or Move the downloaded file The Football Manager Whizzkids 2015 Transfer Database...fmf at the following location:
    Documents / Sports Interactive / Football Manager 2015 / editor data
    • Create the "editor data" folder if it doesn't exist.

    Step 2

    • Start new save-game with this database selected. Select new game and bottom right there is a box to choose All, None or Custom. Custom allows you to choose one file, All selects all in the editor data folder so choose accordingly.

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    Austrian Tipico Bundesliga kitpack for season 2014-2015

    It contains 23 real kits; home, away and third for most clubs in beautiful FC'12 style.

    This kitpack is made by Patres10 from FM Slovakia, a Slovak fan site for the game.

    Redistribution Policy
    Want to share this pack on other sites? Please point the download link to this very page. You cannot host any files yourself, unless you have written permission from the authors.

    Do you want to help? Join our team!

    How to install

    Step 1

    Download the .zip archive and use a tool such as 7-zip for Windows or The Unarchiver for MacOSX to extract the folders.

    Step 2

    Copy those folders to:
    Windows: \Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2015\graphics\kits\
    Mac OS X: /Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2015/graphics/kits/

    Create folders "graphics" and "kits" if they don't exist already.

    Step 3

    Run Football Manager 2015 and go to: Preferences > Interface

    Make sure that you tick the check box on the page called 'Reload skin when confirming changes in Preferences' and un-tick then box saying 'Use caching to decrease page loading times'. Hit Confirm.

    There should be a box that pops up saying 'loading image data for the new skin'. Once this is done your graphics should be working within the game.

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    The 2013/14 season from Liverpool was one to remember for the club, as they seemed destined to win the league, but fell late in the season finishing second behind City. A busy off-season from Brendan Rogers saw Liverpool spend well over £110M, bringing in the likes of Mario Balotelli, Emre Can, Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana but the biggest transfer was the sale of premier league golden boot winner Luis Suarez to Barcelona for £75M.

    The goal with Liverpool is to end the 24-year wait for the league title and bring the honour and glory to one of the largest growing fan bases around the world.

    Basic Outline of Facilities and History

    Stadium – Anfield
    Capacity – 45276
    Pitch Condition – Perfect
    Training Facilities – Great
    Youth Facilties - Great
    Junior Coaching – Good
    Youth Recruitment - Established

    Finances & Budget

    In your initial meeting with the Chairman, Thomas Werner. He will propose the following budget:
    Wage Budget - £1.9M per week
    Transfer Budget - £15M

    But if you want to discuss it further, you will be given the option of these

    Liverpool start the save with a balance of £52M and a projected end of season balance double that. They have multiple large kit sponsors, but at the same time they have taken out many massive bank loans, totaling to £270M that is needing to be paid back. Including a £150M pound loan that means they owe the bank £1.51M per month.

    Strongest Tactics

    The following tactics are the ones that I found worked best for me at Liverpool, I rotated these for the first two seasons


    This tactic I always found to work wonders with Liverpool, particularly in the first season when Gerrard is still up for the task. It is designed so that the RB and LB are constantly involved in the attack, pushing up to get the cross into your big strikers. Alberto Moreno is the perfect LB for the team, but a RB is needed. I suggest Nathaniel Clyne or Kyle Walker, who can be brought in for a realistic fee. The CDM is crucial as he is a DLP, he can make the pass up the middle, perfect for Stevie G. Your CM’s should be Jordan Henderson and Phillipe Coutinho, as they perfectly complement each others style of play. Raheem Sterling is perfect for the Shadow Striker (CAM) position sitting behind your strike force of Mario Balotelli and Daniel Sturrdige, assuming they can all stay fit.

    Starting XI – Mignolet, Moreno, Lovren, Sakho, Johnson (or new signing), Gerrard, Coutinho, Henderson, Sterling, Sturridge, Balotelli


    This tactic is an incredible backup for the one above, it allows a bit wider play and again uses the pace that Liverpool have been given on the wings. Again I recommend you stick to the same back four, while looking for a fast RB who can cross. The midfield should feature a DLP and a BWM, fitting for Henderson and Gerrard. The AML/AMR both need to be quick, I would suggest playing Sterling on the left as a Winger and Lazar Markovic on the Right, also set as winger. Coutinho will fill the middle, as an Advanced Playmaker and Daniel Sturridge up top as a Poacher.

    Starting XI – Mignolet, Moreno, Lovren, Sakho, Johnson (or new signing), Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Markovic, Sturridge


    Another formation that is all about the wingers and full backs. Again I highly recommend you keep the same back 4 while looking at a new RB. This formation allows Gerrard again to slot in at DM and start the attacks, while playing through Coutinho and Henderson who will be in the Central roles. Now Sterling is a crucial part of this formation, playing AML, he will be the source of a lot of chances, he should play as an IF. Lazar Markovic is the perfect partner for him at AMR, also as an IF. Balotelli slots in better then Sturridge for this one as he will play as an Advanced Forward.

    Starting XI - Mignolet, Moreno, Lovren, Sakho, Johnson (or new signing), Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Markovic, Balotelli

    First 11 Positional Analysis

    The initial Liverpool squad is very good, and if needed, will be able to get you through the entire first season with good results. But in some positions they need some young talents, as you will see as we go on.

    Goalkeepers: Simon Mignolet is the obvious first choice keeper for the season and next few seasons to come, but he can be very inconsistent at times which can let him down. But at 26 you should be aiming to hold onto him for the long run, and look for a young prospect to follow him. You will need a youngster as Brad Jones does no longer cut it as a viable backup for the Premier League. He is 32 now and his stats are not good enough to be able to make it into the side if Mignolet is injured. Ryan Fulton is a promising youngster, but more can still be found.

    Right Backs: By far Liverpool’s weakest position on the field. Glen Johnson is getting way to old to continue to play Champions League Level football. A new player is needed in this formation as quickly as you can. Manquillo is also available on loan from Atletico. Or you can take the risk and play the 21-year old Jon Flanagan, who is a real shining light in Liverpools youth. A couple players that I have outlined are Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton and Kyle Walker from Tottenham, both would have an instant boost on the side.

    Central Defenders: A position where Liverpool are blessed with some great leaders in Lovren and Skrtel, but a great talent in Mamadou Sakho. These three players should last you for the first 2-4 seasons depending on how fit they stay. Another youngster however may be needed if you want another back up, Eder Alvares Balanta and Jesus Vallejo are very good youngsters who can make an impact.

    Left Backs: Alberto Moreno should be your first choice instantly, the young Spaniard is fast, can pass, can cross and dribble for you up the wing. He is very versatile, being able to play anywhere on the left hand side. As his back you have Jose Enrique, who is well past his time as a good LB. A young replacement should be on the cards, Jose Luis Gaya from Valencia in Spain has bags of potential and can be a back up for Moreno and push for a start in a few seasons

    Right Midfielders: None of the formations that I have selected/used have featured RM’s, but I will analyze AMR in the Attacking Midfielders section

    Central Midfielders: Another position where Liverpool find themselves with bags of talent and brains. The club captain, Steven Gerrard will be starting for you for the first season at least, as his incredible pass placement and tackling will be crucial. Lucas Leiva can step into the sport from Gerrard if he gets injured. At the more traditional CM role, your main players will be Jordan Henderson and Phillipe Coutinho, both who will be in the starting line up for many seasons. Joe Allen will be an important back up if you decide not to sell him

    Left Midfielders: None of the formations that I have selected/used have featured LM’s, but I will analyze AML in the Attacking Midfielders section

    Attacking Midfielders: Here we will be covering AMR/AMC/AML. The Attacking Midfield is where most opposition teams will be scared of Liverpool, the talent of Raheem Sterling, who at only 19 is one of the best players in the league, and will be a threat consistently throughout your entire career. The flair of Coutinho, who, like Sterling, will continue to be a force for a very long time if you play him correctly. The brains of Lallana, who will be a super-sub when used, being able to chip in assists when it is most needed. You are also blessed with many incredible youngsters in these positions. Lazar Markovic will be looking to prove his mega summer price tag with his incredible pace and dribbling. Suso will continue to develop into a player to look out for in the future also.

    Strikers: At Striker is where Liverpool exert their strength. When they are fit, they are some of the best finishers in the world. Daniel Sturridge is the final piece of the Liverpool puzzle, being able to play the majority of roles, Sturridge will slide in anywhere and provide with bags of goals, if he can get over his injury problem. Mario Balotelli is a new signing at Liverpool, but the young Italian will partner Sturridge very well when played in the 2 striker formation, he has the potential to keep growing. You are also lucky to have very good back ups in Fabio Borini and English legend Rickie Lambert, both will be pushing their hardest to get into your team.


    This Liverpool side is very strong. But in certain positions, age is getting the better of some players. At RB you should be looking for a fast player who can cross. At CB you should look for a youngster like Eder Alvarez Balanta or Jesus Vallejo. The Attacking Midfield could do with a bit of experience, someone who has been everywhere.


    Liverpool are slowly morphing into one of the best teams to be on football manager. They give the players everything they need at the start. A lot of quality youth, a good budget and some star players.

    But doing well does not come without hard work, and you will need that as you look to get Liverpool a consistent top 4 finish in the Premier League and competing in the Champions League.

    Thanks everyone for reading and leave your thoughts and experiences with Liverpool in the comments!

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    Where to begin with the current affairs with Manchester United? After one of the worst seasons on record and firing the 'chosen one' after just 11 months in charge turned the greatest club in the World into the laughing stock of the League.

    And with 'noisy neighbours' Manchester City winning yet another Barclays Premier League title, the misery keeps on piling on the Manchester United fans.

    But with lots of money invested into rebuilding the team and star players such as Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao deciding the join the ranks at United, times are beginning to turn back to normal, and hopefully with this guide you will be able to bring back to old times at this prestigious club.

    Key Information about Manchester United

    Founded: 1878, formally known as Neaton Heath FC.
    Ground: Old Trafford
    Capacity: 75,731
    Chairmen: The Glazer Family.
    Manager: Louis van Gaal.
    Captain: Wayne Rooney.
    League: Barclays Premier League.

    Finances and Budget

    Despite the summer spending of around 150 million pounds, Manchester United start off with a very nice 60 million pound budget, with 400 thousand pounds to spend on wages, making for a healthy budget to delve into the transfer market to strengthen areas of the squad.

    However, you can increase the starting budget by increasing your expectations as the club's minimum expectation is for you to qualify for Champions League football next season. If you believe you can mount a title challenge, you can increase your budgets up to 68 million, and if you are feeling very ambitious, you can choose to win the league which will give you a 76 million pound budget which could really add to your squad.


    As I stated above, the minimum expectation is for you to qualify for the Champions League which is doable with the current squad United have. It may be worth increasing your expectation to either 'Title Challenge' or 'Winner' as you will get a 8 million increase on your starting budget, which could help you secure some of the top signatures in World football.

    The club will not judge you on winning either the FA or Capital One Cup, but it shouldn't be forgotten as it's always nice to win trophies!

    Favourite Tactics

    Being a Manchester United fan myself, I have used various tactics within my save and discovered which ones work the best and which ones don't, these are three of my most favourite tactics to use when managing The Red Devils;


    This is my most successful tactic managing Manchester United as it gives you lots of fire power going forward but a defensive midfielder who sits in-front of the defence and gets forward when he needs to. Due to United's squad depth, it is very easy to rotate using this formation as many players can fill all the positions.

    The defence works well using this tactic however due to the quality of United's defenders, it may be worth investing some money in a more proven centre half as the only defender who does well every game is Phil Jones.
    The full-backs play a key part in this tactic as they are allowed the freedom to run up the pitch and combine with the wingers, making wide play the most effective area of this tactic. Luckily Manchester United have some good full-backs who are capable of doing this role well.

    The front four are vital in this formation as you have two wider players to combine with the full-backs and an attacking midfielder who plays just behind your advanced forward making this tactic very deadly going forward. Overall it is by far my most preferred tactic which has seen me win many games against the biggest of teams.

    Starting XI: De Gea; Rafael Jones Rojo Shaw; Blind Herrera; Di Maria Mata Valencia; Falcao.


    This tactic again works well in many cases and is the preferred tactic of current manager Louis van Gaal. It consists of a back three with two wing-backs who do their best to push up forward with every attack. It also includes a midfield three, with one sitting in-front of the defence, one being box-to-box and the other playing just behind the front two. It is a great tactic going forward but I've had a few problems now and again with the defence.

    I usually struggle with my wide areas when using this tactic due to playing wing-backs, making most of the goals I concede be from counter attacks down the wide areas. It also doesn't help having centre backs who aren't very established, making them prone to mistakes by having no wide cover. If you decide to deploy this formation, you should bring in a few more centre halves as you'll be playing with an extra one than usual.

    Starting XI: De Gea; Jones Smalling Rojo; Rafael Carrick Mata Fellaini Shaw; Rooney Falcao.


    And my final tactic is a 4-1-2-1-2 with one defensive midfielder and two central midfielders. This tactic has brought me some success, but due to having just my full-backs providing the width, it becomes a struggle to break through narrow defences, furthermore our flanks get exposed quite frequently. The positives of this formation are simple, the creativity within the team is superb as we create many chances over the course of the game.

    Another good point of using this tactic is the ability to field two strikers as they are able to really get at the oppositions defence and work as a duo. Also your attacking midfielder has another option to pick out playing with two strikers which ultimately will get you a lot of goals over the course of the season. Overall, it is a very good tactic to play against teams that you can dominate in midfield but I would not use this against wider teams.

    Starting XI: De Gea; Rafael Jones Rojo Shaw; Blind; Di Maria Herrera; Mata; Rooney Falcao.

    Starting XI Positional Analysis

    Manchester United have brought in a lot of new players and offloaded some of the dead wood, making their squad much stronger than last season. You will notice the good amount of depth in each position but there is obviously a few positions that could use a few new faces, let's take a look at each position in more detail.

    Your obvious starting goalkeeper is David De Gea, who won Manchester United's Player of the Season award. He is rapidly improving and has become one of the best in the World. He is also relatively young for a goalkeeper meaning he has lots of potential. He is good at all the roles of being a goalkeeper but his main strength is his shot stopping and one-on-one abilities. You have Ander Lindegaard as your main back-up keeper but it's worth keeping an eye on young Sam Johnstone as he's one for the future.

    Right Backs
    Again like De Gea, Rafael is probably your best choice at right back. The Brazilian has been a United for a few seasons and possesses all the traits of a successful full-back. He has wicked pace to get up the right side and has a good eye for a cross. His defending may need some brushing over but he should be your starting right back for sure. Antonio Valencia can also play as a right back so do not hesitate to play him if Rafael is injured. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling can also do a job there but I would only play them as a right back if you are down to your bare bones.

    Centre Backs
    Quite possibly United's weakest position as both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic both left the club last summer. For me, your starting centre backs should be Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo as they have lots of good traits for a centre half. Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are also both good centre backs but they are more prone to errors making them rotational players in my opinion. Michael Carrick can also play as a good centre half if again you are struck with injuries. Paddy McNair is a promising centre half, so maybe give him a few games unless your plan is to loan him out. Tyler Blackett is also another promising talent but like Smalling and Evans he is prone to mistakes.

    Left Backs
    You are in a similar situation at left back as you are in right back as Luke Shaw is probably your starting left back. He may have cost a lot of money for such a young player but he has amazing talent and bags of potential which you should look take advantage of. Marcos Rojo is also an accomplished left back, playing there for most of the 2014 World Cup so don't be afraid to start him there if Luke Shaw is out. Daley Blind is another good shout as like Rojo, he played as a left wing-back in the 2014 World Cup for The Netherlands. Ashley Young could potentially play here too but I would only do this if you're stripped for left backs.

    Defensive Midfielders
    I like using defensive midfielders as they shield the defence well. If you decide to deploy one, I would consider playing Daley Blind as that is one of his best positions. The Dutchman has some very good defensive stats making him the ideal defensive midfielder as he can tackle, pass and intercept. Michael Carrick can also succeed here as he is a very calm and composed figure on the ball who can take the sting out of attacks from the opposition. Fellaini is another option here but he is not the best with possession and you could see him giving the ball away frequently which is never good in your final third.

    Central Midfielders
    A very strong position in your squad now, which is a big contrast to last season. With Ander Herrera coming into the midfield, he brings creativity and vision which United lacked last season. Herrera in my opinion should be one of your starting centre midfielders, partnered with either Carrick, Fellaini or Blind depending on what tactic you decide to use. I like playing Herrera and Blind as one of them can advance up the pitch and make that final pass whereas the other can sit back and make sure there is no danger coming into the final third. Di Maria is capable of playing as a centre midfielder but I prefer playing him further up the pitch. Darren Fletcher and Anderson should be shipped out to free up some wage budget as they will hardly play any games in your team due to the quality in midfield.

    Right Midfielders / Wingers
    Another strong area in your team as you have various options who can play here. For me, I prefer playing Antonio Valencia as my AMR as he has some really good traits for a winger, with lighting pace and trickery down the right side, he can cause many problems for your oppositions defence. Valencia can also track back well making him the most all rounded winger you have in your team. You can also play Adnan Januzaj on the right as he can cut inside and cause problems for the keeper on his left foot, however don't expect him to be as solid as Valencia when doing the defensive work. Di Maria and Mata can also play here and are effective but I believe your best pick is Valencia mainly because of how well rounded his traits and abilities are.

    Attacking Midfielders
    By far United's strongest position mainly due to the amount of options that can play here. For me, Juan Mata is the best player for this position as he is well established and has some world class traits for an attacking midfielder. He can pass the ball very well, possesses great vision and can get a few goals with his accurate shooting, what more could you ask for from your attacking midfielder? Wayne Rooney is another good option for this position as he has some exceptional passing abilities, but can also shoot from almost anywhere and test the goalkeeper. Di Maria, Januzaj and Herrera can also play here but I think they are better elsewhere unless you are stripped of both Mata and Rooney.

    Left Midfielders / Wingers
    Just like the right side of the wings, United's left side is very strong with new signing Angel Di Maria being your best player for this position as he has world class technique and ability to cause any defence major headaches when he is running at them. He can pass, dribble and shoot making him one of the deadliest wingers on the game and you should only drop him if he is in dire need of a rest! Mata can also do a good job here as I've discovered that he can get lots of goals playing as an AML. Januzaj again can do a good job here, but also look out for Jesse Lingard as the young English man has a deadly shot and exceptional pace making him a very promising AML if you decide to give him some game time.

    As Manchester United manager you are blessed with three of the world's best forwards, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao. You could start any of these three and be guaranteed lots of goals! Personally, I love playing Falcao as a lone striker as he's managed to score over 40 league goals for me in my first season in charge, making him such a deadly forward meaning he was unplayable, forcing both van Persie and Rooney out of the team. Young James Wilson is a huge talent too with the English forward possessing some amazing pace and finishing techniques that he could push into the starting eleven! You will be getting lots of goals from your strikers as they are all great forwards with amazing ability.


    United's biggest weakness by far is in the centre back position as they lack any experience or leaders after both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic left the club last summer. I would definitely recommended strengthening this position with a couple of new centre backs who are both well established and experienced. You could try and pursue Mats Hummels but he will likely turn you do as his ambition is to play for Barcelona. I would take a look at Inigo Martinez as even though he is a young centre back he performs very well, winning young player of the season for me in my first season.

    Youth Academy

    Do I even need to justify how good United's youth academy is? The Class of 92 showed the whole world that. There are many bright and promising talents in the youth academy, with James Wilson, Jesse Lingard and Ben Pearson being some of the best the academy has to offer. I would take a handful of them and play them in cup games throughout the season, but apart from that, I would probably loan them out as your team is just too strong to be starting younger players, but don't be afraid to give the odd couple a run out now and again.


    To summarise this guide, Manchester United are a great team to play as on FM15 as you have the big challenge of guiding the club back up into the top four of the Premier League and by spending lots of money trying to do this, it adds even more pressure to make sure you achieve the boards goals within the first season.

    You have lots of money to build an even stronger team and with the attacking players on show you will be very entertained by the amount of goals you will score throughout your seasons in-charge at the club. I wish you all the very best if you decide to start your journey at Manchester United!

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  • 12/24/14--15:00: Porto - Team Guide for FM15
  • Introduction

    Futebol Clube do Porto, or FC Porto, is one of biggest clubs in Portugal. With 31 league titles, 16 national cups, 20 supercups and a total of 7 international cups, they are the most successful football team in Portugal’s history. FC Porto has their biggest and historic rivals in SL Benfica and Sporting CP, in the constant 3-way league title race. In a club where the current Chairman Pinto da Costa was first elected in 1982, the current formula for success is based on hiring cheap South American players with great potential and sell them to major European teams.

    Will you conquer Portugal like the fans are used to for the last 30 years? Or you follow the footsteps of José Mourinho and Andre Villas Boas and bring more international glories to the club?

    Finances & Budget

    Finances will probably be the most difficult part of the club to manage. After the wreck that was the 2013-14 season, the club decided to hire a Spanish Manager: Julen Lopetegui. By his suggestion, he brought seven Spanish players with him, either hired or loaned. Although his stay in Dragon Stadium was cut short by your arrival, he has put even more pressure to you finances. In the beginning FC Porto has a budget of around 17 million €uros to spend and 80.000 €uros spare of your weekly wage budget which allows you to strengthen the team. However, during the season, expenses will be much larger that your income, so you’ll have to be careful in the future, as some of your best players and only loaned.

    The 50.498 all-seater Dragon Stadium provides close to a million €uros if you fill it during a UCL match, although you'll probably average the season at 35.000.

    There’s only one possible expectation: win the league. So you can’t really change this budget too much.

    Most Suitable Tactics

    Strongest Tactic


    This formation follows somewhat of a heritage in the club. The squad was also build around it as it best allows you to take advantage of all Porto's best players.

    Specifically, both Jackson Martinez and Vincent Aboubakar are the typical lone target striker, and the wingers provide some width, especially in the right flank. Advanced playmakers Oliver and Quintero, and versatile Attacking Midfielder Yacine Brahimi will aim to dribble the opponents, create 1-2 situations and produce great assists. The centre midfielders provide intensity as well as passing options, but also the necessary cover to the fullbacks, as they all like to support the offensive effort, so your defensive midfield might have to play in the “anchor man” role during tougher games.

    The most important team instructions would have to be pressing higher up, attack the flanks and work ball into box. You could also give some instructions about passing, however these would be the basics.

    Other Tactics


    Adrian Lopez can be an option if you are looking for a deep lying forward pairing up with your regular striker. That will ask a little more of your midfielders, meaning that some of your attacking players will have difficulties in defending. It is a different option, but you’ll need some signings and adapt some players to new positions in order to use this tactic more regulary.


    The 4-2-3-1 formation is also another option if you like a strong midfield. However, the 4-2-3-1 will require more width out of the team and the only left foot player available in the A squad is Quintero. This layout also allows you to use Brahimi in a N10 position. He works very well on that role and puts a lot of pressure on your opponent. However, your team might be a little overexposed, as it will ask more of your midfielders like Herrera and Casemiro.

    First 11 Positional Analysis

    Fabiano is at the moment your best GK, but he is in your B team (Default database). Rescue him, immediately! Andres Fernandez and Ricardo will be your backup options, however, for the future, you may want to scout for a new GK. The veteran Helton is a great GK, but he is injured until 2015. If you like to develop your youth, Kadu has some potential, so perhaps you should try tutoring with him.

    Personal note: It didn’t work out for me though. I had to invest hard on a new GK.

    Full Backs:
    Full backs are probably the position where you can be more relaxed about. Brazilian internationals Alex Sandro and Danilo provide the necessary quality to face the top wingers in the world. José Angel and young Daniel Opare gives you the much-needed depth. They wall adapt pretty well to the wing back role as well. In the B squad you will find Rafa, the biggest prospect you have. Prepare him, as you have very few Portuguese players available.

    Personal note: Both Alex Sandro and Danilo will demand new contracts in a short period of time so pick the best opportunity to anticipate that.

    Central Defenders:
    Newcomer Bruno Martins Indi will probably be undisputed in your starting XI. Decisions now start. Maicon might be the obvious choice (he scores a freekick once in a while), but Rolando is the most experienced. Marcano and Diego Reyes are not really up to the same level. However both of them are good enough for cup and league cup games. In this position, you don’t really have any great youth prospects. Signing another good CB might be an option.

    Personal note: I don’t like Marcano so I sold him at the end of the season. Reyes is more versatile but he never made great games, so after 2 loans I ended up selling him too.

    Defensive Midfielders:
    Another position you might want to give it a thought, as none of best options available are really anchor men or half man. Ruben Neves, who is on the B squad by the way, is not a young prospect. He is a guarantee! Starts good enough but he has amazing potential. My sincere advice: pay him whatever he wants, as long as he does not get a release clause in his contract. Casemiro will probably start the season, but steady and surely, Ruben Neves will gain his spot. Campaña and Diego Reyes, depending on the tactics you want to use, can also play in that role if there is any injury crisis, but stick with the first two for the season. Mikel Agu is a young prospect but he’s injured until 2015. Perhaps sending to the B team might give him the necessary gameplay in order to be an option for the next season. Casemiro is a loan to the club for the rest of the season, so there is your first decision to make, financial wise.

    Personal note: I sent Casemiro back to Real Madrid as soon as I signed Lucas Romero. Ruben Neves had a 45M€ release clause in his second contract and PSG just took him away without even ask.

    Central Midfielders:
    The variety of players in this position is good. But most of them are attacking options. In a 4-3-3 display, you may want to train them to be more comfortable in the CM position. Herrera will provide you with both intensity and support for all phases of the game as Quintero and Oliver will be your playmakers. Newcomer Evandro is not up to the same level as the previous mentioned. However, he’s more experienced and doesn’t lose his tempo, so for easier games, he is a nice option. Campaña will also be a nice backup for you. I’d put him in the B team but I’d also include him in the A team registration. Both Campaña and Oliver are loaned players and they will want to stay in the club, but they have very different situations. Campaña might offer you some depth and the 3,16M€ future fee is not that high, but Oliver doesn’t have a future fee, so he will always be very expensive. However he has a bright future ahead of him and he’s very versatile. Also, take a look at 16 year old Moreto Cassamá. He lacks the physical attributes but sometimes he shows some potential.

    Personal note: I’d let Campaña go. To be honest, Oliver didn’t play that much, but I extended his loan for another season (I used Campaña’s money) and, after a little back and forth with Atletico and the player getting involved as well, I was able to hire him for 24M€. It seems a lot but after 2 season, a successful adaptation to the right wing, and decisive performances in the UCL, Bayern Munich paid 68M€ for him. A nice investment.

    In the beginning of the season, four wingers will be available: Brahimi, Quaresma, Adrian Lopez and the loaned Christian Tello. All of them can play on both sides of the pitch and will provide necessary width to the right wing but they’ll try to cut deep if they start on the left wing, as they’re all right footed. Brahimi will flourish as a left inside forward. On the right, Quaresma is the best options if you want quality in you crosses but Tello provides more speed to explore spaces behind the defence. It will be up to you to decide, depending on the opponent and game tactics. Either way you have an option. Adrian is more a second striker than a winger, but he can play on both sides. If you are looking for a left footed player, Quintero is the only one in the A team. However, the direct choice would be Kelvin, from the B squad. Great technical skills, very fast, but lacks the mental skills to support it. He has some potential and tutoring might help him so perhaps you can move him to the A squad for a while. Nevertheless, register him on both squads just in case. Another great prospect is Otávio. He was the last signing of the summer transfers and starts on the A squad. Perhaps moving to B squad will help him as he need some pitch time. Another case of double registration. He might be helpful during the season on the right wing and in the center.

    Personal note: Tello is in the clube on loan for two season. After that, he becomes very expensive, so perhaps you’d like to look to the future, as Quaresma is not getting any younger and Adrian simply won’t cut it. Start scouting for a winger or two.

    Jackson Martinez is a world-class CF. He plays mainly alone and has a great finishing skills. For backup you have Vincent Aboubakar. A Cameroonian powerhouse, he’ll get upset if you don’t play him very often. Both of them will provide you with the necessary goals to succeed. However, making them play alongside each other might not be the best idea. If you want two strikers in front try pairing Adrian Lopez with one of them. You also have a young prospect in André Silva. As good Portuguese youngsters are hard to come by, you might want to pay attention to his development and help him a little.

    Weaknesses and Recommended Signings

    The main weaknesses of this squad are probably the Centre Backs and the Defensive Midfielder position. The squad also lacks a left footed winger. Since FC Porto is a Portuguese team, South America is a great place to look for talent. These are just a couple of suggestions:

    Centre Back: Éder Álvarez Balanta, Jeison Murillo, Fabian Schär
    Defensive Midfielder: Lucas Romero, Gustavo Gil Romero, Federico Bravo, Pedro Obiang
    Left Winger: Pavel Savitskiy, Ladislav Krejci, Jorge Correa, Ruben Garcia

    Depending on who you sell, you can take a look at:

    Portuguese players: Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva;
    Goal Keeper: Simone Scuffet
    Right Back: Sime Vrsaljko
    Left back: Emanuel Insua
    Midfielders: Guido Vadala and Albin Ekdal.
    Strikers: Luka Jovic and Lucas Boyé,
    Right Winger: Hirving Lozano

    Loaned Players

    13 players are loaned to various teams around Europe. Out of these players, attacking midfielder Josué and winger Silvestre Varela should be considered for a spot on the second season. Josué would be a most welcoming left foot player and Varela plays surprisingly good for his abilities. Both of them are Portuguese, so an extra reason to consider him.

    You should also take a look at Marat Izmailov and Walter. Izmailov loses his physical skills rapidly but he might still be of use. Walter has very little space in the squad, but he can add depth to the squad if a sale opportunity arrives.

    Youth Development

    FC Porto training camp is equipped with excellent youth facilities and the extensive youth recruitment will help you find the next big star. Hiring youngsters to your U19 and B squads is also an alternative. However, you might want to pay attention to your current coaches, as they are not well suited to the task at hand.


    I am really enjoying my save with FC Porto. After my first UCL title, I am beginning my 4th season. It’s a nice challenge as you can indeed dominate domestically with some international ambitions while maintaining a balanced budget. As nobody expects you to win against the bigger teams of Europe, FC Porto havs a set of players that can indeed upset them. Good luck.

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  • 12/24/14--15:32: West Ham - FM15 Team Guide
  • Introduction

    West Ham, the Hammers, had a stellar 2013/14 season, finishing in 13th. But 2014/15 is set to be a big one for them. With the right signings and tactics, a Europa league finish isn’t off the cards for this ever improving side that Sam Allardyce has put together. West Ham will surprise many this season.

    Finances & Budget

    West Ham have splashed the cash in the latest off-season, signing 6 players for undisclosed fees, but we do know that they broke the club record to sign Andy Caroll from Liverpool for £15M. Despite this spending you are still given a decent budget of £3M, which can be expanded depending on your goals for the season.

    West Ham have £10M in the balance at the start of the save, with a projection of £18M by the end of it. They are however in a bit of loan debt, totaling to £93M.

    Strongest Tactics


    The best formation for West Ham is the traditional English 4-4-2. It allows the strikers (Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia) to get the space that they need to operate, and the CM’s (Mark Noble and Ravel Morrison/Alex Song) the oppurtunities to play killer balls through to them.

    The LB and RB should be very attacking, so that they are nearly sitting directly behind the LM and RM, allowing them to either push forward even more and give them the chance to cross it in or pass it up field for the wingers. It is important that you now keep the CB’s relatively deep so that they can cover if a counter takes place.


    This formation is all about the wingers. Getting them space to cross the ball is crucial in this, and it will allow them to cross it in to Diafra Sakho, who is the best in the side at heading the ball. The DM is also important. Alex Song should be the player starting, he will be the one that acts as the knot between the midfield and defense, he has good tackling so the opposition should find it hard to get around him.

    Again the LB and RB can push up to deep midfielders and can play even more passes towards the opposition goals.

    Most people like to implement three tactics. But during my time with West Ham (3 seasons) I found that just rotating between these two was the best option for me early. As you get further into the save you might want to make changes, but until then, rotating these works best.

    First 11 Positional Analysis

    West Ham are lucky to have two strong keepers that can easily rotate between each other throughout the season and cup games. Adrian from Spain is my first choice option, but Jussi Jääskeläinen from Finland will fit for one season, as he is 39. Adrian is 27, but in a few seasons, a new youngster should be looked at as an option.

    Right Backs:
    At the RB spot, West Ham have a few solid players including Arsenals Carl Jenkinson, who unfortunately starts the game with a torn hamstring, so he will not be available for between 6 weeks and 3 months. He has a solid back up in Joey O’Brien, who will be very strong in the place of Jenkinson, but lacks the physical presence. The Ivorian legend Guy Demel is also in the team, but suffers from a torn hamstring like Jenkinson.

    Central Defenders:
    In the central defender role, West Ham are lead by New Zealander Winston Reid, who is the strongest CB on the team. Partnering him you have the options of James Collins and James Tomkins, who are both good enough to start if called upon. Cheikhou Kouyate can also play CB when he is not play DM.

    Left Backs:
    Aaron Creswell is the best LB on the team, he is young, quick and can put in a very good cross to your strikers when he makes a run. He is a first team option for a number of years. Backing him up is Joey O’Brien, but he will most likely be your starting RB until Jenkinson gets fit.

    Right Midfielders:
    As the best formation for West Ham is the 4-4-2, RM’s are going to be very important. Morgan Amafiltano is the best option for the position, he is strong and is very good technically. Stewart Downing can play on both sides of the field, and should be starting at LM, but he can easily start at the RM spot if called upon. Ricardo Vaz Te is also an option should you choose to play him.

    Central Midfielders/Defensive Midfielders:
    Mark Noble is the club captain, and the best starting midfield option, he is a club legend and he has many options that can be placed around him. Including Stewart Downing, who should be playing more at the LM. Ravel Morrison, the youngster with lots of potential, should you choose not to loan him out, will make a very good CM and can start in the first team. In the defensive midfield, the Barcelona loanee, Alex Song should start. As a backup you can have hot prospect Diego Poyet.

    Left Midfielders:
    Matthew Jarvis has been crucial in the past seasons for West Ham, and you should definently start him at the LM spot. Stewart Downing, who can pretty much play anywhere in the midfield, can back him up. Ricardo Vaz Te can also play in the LM spot but I would not suggest you start him there.

    Attacking Midfielders:
    The best attacking midfielder would be new signing to West Ham this season, Mauro Zarate. The Argentinian should be easily your first option as he is everything that you need in the position. Ravel Morrison is also an option if you are not playing him at CM. Kevin Nolan and Morgan Amalfitano can also be played in here if you want to play multiple CAM’s.

    If the formation that you select does not give the option for an AMC, Mauro Zarate should be your starting striker. But he is lucky to have other talents in Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho to back him up. Valencia and Sakho are both very capable to start, both are quick and strong and will be an annoyance to opposition defenses.


    The major weakness is lack of youth. The average age of the squad is 27, this can be fixed easily. As you most likely need a new CB and RB. There is also a lot of dead wood around the club that can be sold to help improve your transfer budget. Players like Guy Demel, James Collins and Carlton Cole, all who are on large wages that will not make too much of an impact.


    West Ham have a very solid side, and with the correct signings, sales and tactic use, they can quickly find themselves in the top sides in England. No doubt the first couple of seasons will be tough, but when you have one breakthrough season, it shouldn’t be hard to keep up.

    Good luck with your saves guys and put your opinions in the comments!

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    Hello all, Im back with my databases. Last year on FM14 my database was downloaded a total of 170,000 times which I like to thank you all. This year I'm hoping to be bigger and better. As always I will be working around the world with transfers managers coaches etc...

    13627 changes to the database, 254 Non league transfers and Managers in England and Scotland

    You will not find a database around that covers every playable and non playable league in the FM community.

    And once again I will be working on non league in England Scotland and a host of other countries.

    If I have missed anything in my updates please feel free to leave a comment and I will have it sorted for my next release.

    Wonderkids added:
    • Martin Odegaard - Stromsgodset
    • Brooklyn Beckham - Arsenal
    • Jose Mourinho jr - Fulham
    • Julijan Popovic - Leverkusen
    • Kjetil Haug - Man City
    • Ryan Caird - Celtic
    • Mark Hill - Celtic
    • Georgios Spanoudakis - Stuttgart
    • Josh Doughty - Man United
    • Inaki Pena - Barcelona
    • Justin Kluivert - Ajax
    • Joe Van der Sar - Ajax
    • Ianis Hagi - FC Viitorul
    More wonderkids will be added each update.

    23 players stats have been changed
    • Alexis Sanchez - Arsenal
    • Jack Wilshere - Arsenal
    • Willian - Chelsea
    • Andrew Robertson - Hull
    • Abel Hernandez - Hull
    • Daley Blind - Man United
    • Ayoze - Newcastle
    • Charlie Austin - QPR
    • Graziano Pelle - Southampton
    • Saido Berahino - West Brom

    • Michy Batshuayi - Marseille

    • Manuel Neuer - Bayern Munich
    • Thomas Muller - Bayern Munich

    • Andrea Ranocchia - Inter Milan
    • Sebastian Giovinco - Juventus
    • Kostas Manolas - AS Roma
    • Radja Nainggolan - AS Roma
    • Stefano Okaka - Sampdoria

    • Scott Brown - Celtic
    • Gary Mackay-Stevens - Dundee United

    • Iker Muniain - Athletic
    • Ivan Rakitic - Barcelona
    • Antonia Rukavina - Villarreal

    More players stats will be changed during the season

    Salford City updated with the class of 92

    Also team names have been changed. Again more will be changed.



    I always have my own Facebook page with all the changes in the notes section.
    I also will be updating what I have changed on here in the next few week.
    Hope you enjoy my database.

    How To Install

    Step 1

    • Copy or Move the downloaded .fmf file to the following location:
    Documents / Sports Interactive / Football Manager 2015 / editor data
    Create the "editor data" folder if it doesn't exist.

    Step 2

    • Start new save-game with this database selected.

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  • 12/25/14--05:44: Inter - Team Guide for FM15
  • Introduction

    Welcome to my very own personal Inter guide, as you may know I'm an actual Italian based fan that's supported Inter his entire life, so you will get the very best of the best from this guide, and hopefully help you sort out your squad priorities as quick as possible.

    Now, Inter are a very prestigious Club they're the only Serie A club that have spent their entire history in the Serie A.- Before AC Milan gained popularity in the 80s, Inter and Juventus would play what was called "The Derby D'Italia" which was the derby between the two MOST supported Clubs in all of Italy, by a great margin. They vant the beauty of 3 Champions League victories, 2 Champion Finalist runners up, 3 Uefa League Cups, 2 Intercontinental Cups, 1 Fifa Club World Cup, 18 Scudettos, 7 Italian Cups, 5 Italian Super Cups and a pretty nifty Treble achievement in the 2010, alongside of Mourinho & the auld boys, though since then the club has been in an unfortunate decline.

    And this is where you come in! Your task will be to "restore" the club back to its glory days, hopefully by first achieving Champions League qualifying football, making a bit of income and increasing the clubs reputation high enough so that you may be able to sign some respectable footballers from all over the world.

    Finances & Budget

    The clubs finances itself are a mess, you'll find yourself starting with almost €300m in loan debt, and a projected balance of €100m. Your starting budget will be something along the lines of €12m transfer budget, and really high player wages, of course you can attempt to set higher expectations which would raise your transfer budget from €14-16m, and by shifting the budget wages to the right hand side you can amass a good €20m+ for your first transfer window, which in Serie A is a god blessing.

    Strongest Tactics


    The 4231 is a modern formation used by most clubs nowadays, and can be adapted to Inter by doing a few modifications. First of all, you have no pure AML/AMRs, therefore you'll have to retrain Kovacic, use Guarin, maybe even Palacio with his high workrate. Another problem here are fullbacks, but that's a problem you'll have with any formation you choose to go with.


    The 3-5-2, or 3-5-1-1 when used with an AMC, is the most "adapt" to the squad you have, although you probably won't get very far against top teams whilst using this, as it's pretty predictable to contain, with either long balls to the strikers up top or crosses from the flanks, your best bet is to go for a short passing style that links up the midfielders to the deep lying striker, with the central midfielders set to attack and go into the box for support. As for the defense, it does help a bit to have 3 defenders and 2 complete wing backs to help you cover the major flaws this team has, so if you find yourself leaking too many goals - this could be a solution, while moving the defensive line deeper, or much, much deeper.


    The Christmas Tree formation! It's in the spirit of the Season that I suggest to you, the 4321, with the many midfielders available straight away to you you can use this quite effectively by setting them to attack and insert themselves through the middle, the AMCs should be given freedom to express themselves, Guarin and Hernanes would probably fetch quite a good number of asissts for the lone striker, be it Icardi, Palacio, or Osvaldo.

    I've picked these three tactics, as the most suitable for the starting team, keep in mind you have no proper fullbacks, the team was built by Mazzarri to mainly enterprit a 3-5-2, which means your fullbacks, Jonathan, Nagatomo, D'Ambrosio, Dodo etc. are actually wide midfielders that run up and down the pitch, and in my opinion are very poor in defending, if not covered by other teammates.

    So when you find yourself trying to adapt the team to a back four formation you'll have to keep in mind, first thing you may want to do is sign some good fullbacks, with decent marking and tackling to give you some reassurance defensively, and depending on how many Strikers you utilize, you may want to sign one or two more as the club only offers 3, alongst the young prodigy Federico Bonazzoli in the clubs youth academy - who in a handful of years becomes one of the most complete forwards in the world.

    First 11 Positional Analysis

    Goalkeepers: Samir Handanovic, Juan Pablo Carrizo, Tommaso Berni.

    The Goalkeeper repartments are set up pretty well, Inter have always been known in Italy for the top Goalkeepers they boasted, from Julio Cesar, to Toldo, to Peruzzi, and of course the great Walter Zenga. Your choice really, Handanovic is the starter with no shadow of a doubt, but if you choose to sacrifice him for €20m+ to increase your transfer budget you could always look to replace him with a young promising Goalkeeper like Maxym Koval, or Jeronimo Rulli.

    Right Backs: Campagnaro, Ibrahim Mbaye, Jonathan, D'Ambrosio.

    Unfortunately, this section is chopped into bits of players that may or may not be able to effectively interprit this position, as only D'Ambrosio is a pure fullback, while the rest are either Right Midfielders that can also play at back, or Center Backs like Campagnaro. My suggestion is to look for a Right Back as soon as possible, someone like Allan Nyom, Serge Aurier, Gino Peruzzi etc.

    Central Defenders: Ranocchia(C), Vidic, Juan Jesus, Campagnaro, Andreolli, Medel.

    Only the first 5 are actual Center Backs, Medel is a last resort incase you are in dire need, or are playing Ball Playing Defenders and need someone able to long pass. You're pretty much set in this repartment aswell, the reason theres so many Central Defenders, like I've said before is because the team was meant to play 5 at back, so needed more players to rotate. Vidic is the strong point, Ranocchia can be good if hits form, Juan Jesus is a great prospect and will be easily valued €32m+ in the future, Andreolli should be sold if not needed.

    Left Backs: Nagatomo, Dodò, Juan Jesus + D'Ambrosio, Mbaye.

    Theres a lack of decent fullbacks here, more so than the right side. They're basically only good at going up, you're gona need to invest here, or you'll find yourself playing right footed fullbacks here.

    Right Midfielders: Ibrahim Mbaye, Jonathan, D'Ambrosio, Nagatomo, Joel Obi, Guarin, Hernanes, Kovacic.

    I don't think you need to worry about this position, you're well covered by many options.

    Central Midfielders: M'Vila, Medel, Kovacic, Hernanes, Guarin, Joel Obi, Krhin, Kuzmanovic.

    You should sign central mids only if you sell your own first, as theres plenty to go around, they're not first class but some do eventually get there, like Kovacic.

    Left MidfielderS: Joel Obi, Nagatomo, Dodò, D'Ambrosio, Mbaye, Guarin, Hernanes, Kovacic.

    Same as right midfielders, you should be alright.

    Attacking Midfielders: Palacio, Guarin, Hernanes, Kovacic, Obi...

    Now lets get this straight, Palacio isn't an Attacking Midfielder, Kovacic needs to grow into it and Joel Obi is a last resort that is played at your own risk. Having said this, you should look for players like Bakkali, Bruma, Bernard, Quintero, Oliver Torres, L. Insigne etc. That is, if you look to play with more than one AMC, it comes down to what you need.

    Strikers: Palacio, Osvaldo, Icardi, Bonazzoli(Youth)

    What are we going to do then? Play lone striker? Two up top? You've got 3 and a half man, you might want to look for a fourth at least. I don't think I can give you a succesfull recomendation for this position, as it's controversial and everyone has their favorite type of striker, be it a false 9 or a ramming target man in the box. You should know best, so I'll leave this to you, just know that Icardi & Bonazzoli in a few years will become goal machines (Icardi might start sooner...) and will be valued well over €40m+ in market value.


    I'm laughing right now, because this team is composed of mainly weaknesses. Theres very few strenghts, therefore you should realize this will be mainly a "rebuilding" job, from top to bottom. I'd start with the flanks, from fullbacks to wingers, bring in some pacey players that will beat the opposition on counter with ease, the only place where you can sleep safe dreams is the Goalkeeper right now, Handanovic is rock SOLID.


    I've played over a dozen Inter saves already on FM15, It's the team that I support and it's the save that I enjoy the most, therefore I can tell you that my opinion might be very biased, but once you do get the team going, and you start challenging Juventus for the Title once again this save turns out to be really fun for those that do enjoy Serie A football on occasions, you may very well find yourself playing till' 2024, like myself, you never know.

    If you found this guide helpful, let us know. Write a short comment telling me if you think this guide has helped you, informed you, given you a general direction or whatever, I just appreciate any kind of feedback - even non-constructive criticim! :)

    Thanks for reading.

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  • 12/25/14--08:51: Happy Holidays 2015
  • On behalf of everyone at FMSCOUT, I wanted to wish you and your family a very happy holidays.

    I also wanted to THANK YOU for supporting us this past year. Whether you’ve been following our material for just a few months or for years – I want you to know that I truly appreciate you and your passion for Football Manager.

    We're going to be creating new content and offering even MORE value in 2015 – and I’m happy you are in our community.

    I hope you enjoy a very special holiday with your family and loves ones. Looking forward to growing together in 2015. Wishing you nothing but the best this holiday season.


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  • 12/26/14--05:03: Good Old 4-4-2
  • Used this tactic in previous save.
    Lost my save accidentally formatted hard drive :(

    Started a new one with the mighty Aston Villa. I've done really good in previous save, doing alright so far; but only been playing friendlies.

    Let me know what you think.

    Good Luck!

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    Portugal Primeira Liga kitpack for season 2014-2015

    It contains 45 real kits; home, away and third for most clubs in beautiful FC'12 style.

    This kitpack is made by Patres10 from FM Slovakia, a Slovak fan site for the game and was updated by Flut, the famous skin maker.

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    Want to share this pack on other sites? Please point the download link to this very page. You cannot host any files yourself, unless you have written permission from the authors.

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    How to install

    Step 1

    Download the .zip archive and use a tool such as 7-zip for Windows or The Unarchiver for MacOSX to extract the folders.

    Step 2

    Copy those folders to:
    Windows: \Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2015\graphics\kits\
    Mac OS X: /Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2015/graphics/kits/

    Create folders "graphics" and "kits" if they don't exist already.

    Step 3

    Run Football Manager 2015 and go to: Preferences > Interface

    Make sure that you tick the check box on the page called 'Reload skin when confirming changes in Preferences' and un-tick then box saying 'Use caching to decrease page loading times'. Hit Confirm.

    There should be a box that pops up saying 'loading image data for the new skin'. Once this is done your graphics should be working within the game.

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    English Championship kitpack for season 2014-2015

    It contains 60 real kits; home, away and third for most clubs in beautiful FC'12 style.

    This kitpack is made by Mully from Fever-Pitch (update by Patres10).

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    How to install

    Step 1

    Download the .zip archive and use a tool such as 7-zip for Windows or The Unarchiver for MacOSX to extract the folders.

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    Copy those folders to:
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    Create folders "graphics" and "kits" if they don't exist already.

    Step 3

    Run Football Manager 2015 and go to: Preferences > Interface

    Make sure that you tick the check box on the page called 'Reload skin when confirming changes in Preferences' and un-tick then box saying 'Use caching to decrease page loading times'. Hit Confirm.

    There should be a box that pops up saying 'loading image data for the new skin'. Once this is done your graphics should be working within the game.

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  • 12/26/14--08:40: 4-2-3-1 JJ
  • See screenshots below:

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